On the hunt for a delicious side salad for your next potluck or barbecue? Well, your search is over! This southwest sweet potato black bean salad is exploding with vibrant colors and flavors.
We’ve combined ingredients like roasted sweet potatoes, crunchy corn, spicy jalapeño, and black beans with a chili lime dressing to create the perfect summer meal. Let’s get to it!
A Little South, a Little West
Something about potato salad just screams backyard barbecue get togethers. But, the traditional version can leave you feeling a bit heavy since it’s usually made with a mayonnaise dressing.
Don’t worry though, we’ve got your back.
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s lighter on the gut, but still loaded with tasty ingredients, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve packed a ton of southwest veggies and other goodies into this recipe, and topped them off with a spicy lime dressing.
Our version of potato salad still has that comfort food feel, but with more health benefits. Plus, it’s just friggin’ tasty.
And if you’re a planner, this salad is great to prep ahead of time for potlucks or picnics since it can be served at room temperature or chilled. It’s the perfect counterpart to a loaded veggie burger, or as a meal of its own.
Key Ingredients For Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad
- Sweet potatoes: the bright orange color from sweet potatoes gives this recipe a vibrant, summery feel. Plus, they have a natural sweetness, which helps balance out the spiciness. Did you know there is 4 grams of protein and almost 7 grams of fiber in just 1 single cup of this root vegetable? We told you this salad contains tons of nutritious ingredients!
- Black beans: this legume adds the perfect complimentary texture to the roasted sweet potatoes. Black beans are super hearty and filling, making them the perfect replacement for meat-based protein. You may be aware this ingredient contains tons of protein and fiber, but did you know it’s also a source of selenium? In case you’re wondering what the heck this nutrient does, it helps reduce inflammation and rids your body of toxins (sounds pretty important). We could go on about other benefits of eating black beans, but we think that’s enough for now.
- Corn: what would summer be without corn? Also known as maize, corn gives this salad a touch of buttery sweetness. Each bite is full of juicy, golden nuggets. And, you may find it interesting to know maize is a native Taino word meaning “sacred mother,” or “giver of life.” Maybe you didn’t find that interesting, but now you know anyways.
- Jalapeño: to give this recipe a little kick, we added in jalapeño peppers from our garden! We absolutely love using food grown in our very own backyard (we’re very proud plant parents). Feel free to use whatever peppers you like, but we find jalapeños have the perfect spice level and taste to round out this salad.
How to Make Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad
First, you’ll preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes, drizzle with a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Then, pop those babies in the oven to roast.
Roast your sweet potatoes for about 25-30 minutes, making sure to turn them halfway. You’ll know the potatoes are ready when they look brown on the corners and are just tender inside.
For the dressing, you’ll simply mix the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, minced garlic, maple syrup, chili powder, chipotle powder, and sea salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake the jar until the ingredients are well combined (don’t forget to put a lid on).
Next, mix the sweet potatoes, black beans, onion, peppers, corn, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro together in a large bowl. Toss your salad together with the dressing, and that is it! Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Use lime for more tang, jalapeño for more spice, or maple syrup for some sweet flavor. Serve this salad immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate and enjoy it chilled.
How to Store Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad
This salad stores well in the fridge for up to 4 days. For optimal freshness, store the dressing and salad in separate containers.
Why You’ll Love This Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad
This is one of our absolute favorite salads to enjoy in the summertime. We hope you love it as much as us! It’s:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
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5 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories423
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 17.7g 28%
- Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
- Sodium 100.8mg 5%
- Potassium 1020.5mg 30%
- Total Carbohydrate 59.1g 20%
- Dietary Fiber 11.9g 48%
- Sugars 11g
- Protein 10.9g 22%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
How can I make this recipe more spicy?
To make this recipe more spicy, you can use more jalapeño or leave the seeds in.
Can this salad be prepared in advance?
This salad can absolutely be prepared in advance! It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. For optimal freshness, keep the dressing separate from the salad until you are ready to eat it.
Are the pumpkin seeds necessary?
No, the pumpkin seeds are not necessary in this recipe. However, we do think they add a nice little crunch. If you do omit them, try adding in more corn or bell pepper.